HC Deb 06 July 1949 vol 466 cc2131-2
34. Mr. Erroll

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if the statement that the interests of the United Kingdom and the Colonies are best served by a flourishing and free international market, given on page 43 of Command Paper No. 7715, entitled "The Colonial Territories, 1948–49," represents the policy of His Majesty's Government.

Mr. Rees-Williams

The hon. Member has slightly misquoted the passage to which he refers, and has taken it out of its context. The views of His Majesty's Government in these matters are those set out in paragraph 224 of Command Paper No. 7715. which should be read as a whole.

Mr. Erroll

Having read the paragraph as a whole and apologising for any misquotations which may inadvertently have occurred, may I ask if the hon. Gentleman will consult with the President of the Board of Trade and the Minister of Supply and get them to re-open the Liverpool Cotton Exchange and the London Metal Exchange?